Two “squeegee kids” were arrested Christmas Eve after police say they threw rocks and sprayed Windex at a driver.
The older of the two teenagers, identified by police as 18-year-old Na’Sean Holloway, has been charged with second-degree assault.
A female driver reported being assaulted around 11 a.m. Monday on the 300 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to a police report. The woman told police that a teenager approached her car, but she gestured for him to move on because she didn’t want him to wash her windshield. He initially walked away, according to the police report, but then came back to try and scrub her car again.
The woman rolled down her window to tell him to get off her car, the police report said, and the teen sprayed her in the face with Windex. The driver pulled to the side of the road and called 911, and as she waited, another boy threw rocks toward her while she was inside her car, according to the police report.
She was not injured and her car was not damaged, the report states.
Police arrested the two suspects in the 800 block of Ramsay St. The younger one, a 16-year-old boy, was taken to Juvenile Booking.
No attorney for Holloway was listed in online court records.
The city’s squeegee kids wash windshields at intersections in exchange for tips. The practice has stirred heated debates in Baltimore, with leaders questioning how to support the window-washing children and address factors that drive them to busy intersections in the first place while also assuring drivers that they won’t be hassled on city streets.
Earlier this year, a driver reported a squeegee kid smashed one of his car’s windows at Hamburg and Russell streets after he refused the service. A 10-year-old was struck in late October near President and Pratt streets while trying to clean windshields. The child was taken to the hospital and the driver remained on the scene.
In November, Baltimore’s Downtown Partnership deployed staffers to monitor interactions between squeegee kids and motorists. Guides have been assigned in pairs to Conway Street and President Street each day during rush hour.